For Immediate Release: October 2, 2013
Jennifer Goyette, SCPT Director of Oncology and Rehabilitation, (508) 389-9912
WESTBOROUGH _ October brings two important wellness topics to the forefront with Physical Therapy Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the physical therapists at South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) have come up with an idea to merge both into a community education event.
To raise further awareness and health education, SCPT will be hosting an Open House featuring free Survivor Soft Yoga/Gentle Massage mini-sessions on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the SCPT Oncology Rehabilitation Clinic, 30 Oak Street, Westborough.
This free evening is for anyone who has been touched by cancer. It will include both individual and group discussions, mini gentle yoga sessions and massages, and attendees will receive informational handouts from different professions that can assist cancer survivors on their road to recovery. Free screenings will be offered, there will be drawings for gift certificates for treatments, and light refreshments will be served.
“Several of our therapists who consistently treat our oncology patients will be onsite for this event, as well as an oncology massage therapist,” said Jennifer Goyette, SCPT Director of Oncology and Rehabilitation. “Every member of our team who will be onsite for this event is happy to donate their time to give back for such a worthwhile cause.”
Since 2010, Goyette and her team at SCPT have been working with cancer survivors, in an effort to lessen the many symptoms still impacting their patients, even after their cancer treatments have been completed.
“For many cancer survivors, there can be a diminished quality of life. Many still experience fatigue, lack of mobility and/or pain,” Goyette said. “At SCPT, we understand and have been addressing this with our Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation Program.”
The Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation Program was designed to restore a patient’s level of function and overall quality of life. Goyette and many of the SCPT oncology therapists have certification and training in the STAR Program®.
This program was developed by a local physician and breast cancer survivor, Julie Silver, MD, who recognized a need for cancer rehabilitation and survivorship care.
“The Star Program® gives a therapist essential tools to help to maximize a patient’s quality of life,” Goyette said. “Being STAR® certified enables us to address the medical issues that often inhibit our patients following cancer treatments.”
Some issues include: loss of joint motion, weakness in the extremities, fatigue, scar tissue, pain and lymphedema (localized fluid retention and swelling often caused by radiation therapy, tumors or surgery).
National organizations such as the Commission on Cancer have recognized that rehabilitation is a necessary ingredient of successful recovery from both cancer and cancer treatments.
SCPT partners with its patients to create individualized programs with the objective of gaining recovery of function with the introduction of an independent exercise program. SCPT also offers a support system of massage therapists, patient advocates, support groups, educational outlets, and other supportive care, to assist in a patient’s cancer recovery.
“At our upcoming free Open House event, we will be showing attendees soft yoga and gentle massage, two rehabilitation techniques that help return range of motion, along with alleviating pain and swelling in a way that is therapeutic and relaxing,” Goyette said. “We encourage anyone who has been touched by cancer to join us, to learn how we can help. We hope our existing patients will stop by, as well. We’ve helped many people who have been suffering from the aftermath of cancer and our goal is to continue to help even more.”
Those interested in attending are asked to call and RSVP by Oct. 7th to Jennifer Goyette, at 508-389-9912 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For nearly 30 years, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. has been dedicated to providing its patients with quality, personalized rehabilitative care in an environment that is safe, comfortable and compassionate. As a privately owned company, the organization has given back to numerous charitable organizations in the communities it serves, and seeks to make a difference in promoting wellness and health awareness. For more information, visit www.southcountypt.com.
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